LAHORE: An Accountability court on Saturday orders to send Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N) leader Khawaja Saad Rafique and his brother, Salman Rafique to jail on judicial remand for 14 days.
Accountability court rejected the National Accountability Bureau’s (NAB) plea for the extension in their physical remands.
Both PML-N leaders were in NAB’s custody since 11th December in connection to Paragon Housing Society Scam.
As the hearing went underway, NAB requested for an extension again in the physical remand of detained PML-N leaders, however, the request was rejected by accountability court Judge Syed Najamul Hassan as he ordered to send both to jail till 16th February.
Following their arrests, NAB Lahore issued a press release and stated that accused Saad Rafique along with his benamidaar wife Ghazala Saad Rafique, brother Salman Rafique in association with Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia established a housing project in the name of Air Avenue which was converted into a new housing project namely M/S Paragon City Pvt Limited. Record shows that M/S Paragon City is an illegal society.
Accused in collusion, connivance and collaboration of Qaiser Amin Butt and Nadeem Zia cheated the members of public at large and obtained illegal pecuniary benefits from the funds of said illegal housing project, it added.
Further, it stated, Accused is operating this illegal housing project through his associates/ co-accused persons who are collecting deposits from general public despite clear directions from LDA that this project is unapproved.
Accused has been and is continuously obtaining illegal/ illegitimate funds/ benefits from said project as he obtained 40 kanal plots in his own name and the name of his brother Salman Rafique.
The press release continued, Accused by misusing his official position continued the expansion and marketing of illegal housing project and also obtained undue benefits in the form of sale of numbers of commercial plots worth billions of rupees which were actually not owned by M/S Paragon City. Thus the buyers have been cheated through this action of corruption and corrupt practices.